My own prefix is Stonebridge, but my cows live alongside the Pierrepont herd, my dad’s Discovery herd and Harry Pink’s Cocking herd.
We currently milk 150 pedigree Jerseys at Pierrepont Farm in Surrey, however there is a potential we will be moving in the next year or so if the right farm becomes available to let. The herd average is 7384 litres at 5.39% butterfat and 3.92% protein. Our milk is sold to Arla and we have a Morrison’s contract with them.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD PEDIGREE JERSEYS?
We have been farming at Pierrepont for 17 years which is when the Discovery herd was first established, with my Stonebridge herd being established 7 years later. My grandfather had the Kentucky herd of Jersey’s and my aunty runs Bluegrass Jersey’s, so the breed is very much part of the family, which I aim to continue!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE JERSEY BREED AND IN PARTICULAR YOUR HERD?
I couldn’t think of a better breed of cow to work with every day. The Jersey is full of character and a pleasure to be around. They’re a hard working, efficient little cow and I think it is important that as Jersey breeders we aim to keep breeding cows this way and not go towards having mini brown Holsteins! When I hear people talking about the pros of cross breeding, I always think but why not Jerseys?! They are fertile, healthy, productive cows which are easy to manage on any system. I believe a true Jersey should be a small, square cow which is built to last!